Atlanta is the economic and cultural center of the Atlanta metropolitan area and is the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta is the seventh-most visited city in the United States, with over 35 million visitors per year. Tourists are also drawn to the city’s culinary scene, which comprises a mix of urban establishments garnering national attention, ethnic restaurants serving cuisine from every corner of the world and traditional eateries specializing in Southern dining.
Atlanta has become an economic hub of an increasingly multi-cultural metropolitan area. This unique cultural combination reveals itself in the quirky neighborhoods on the city’s eastside and the diverse enclaves found along Buford Highway. Atlanta is one of few United States cities with permanent, professional, resident companies in all major performing arts disciplines. Atlanta also attracts many touring Broadway acts, concerts, shows and exhibitions catering to a variety of interests.